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Police probe theft

July 24, 2014

CRIDERSVILLE — Police continue investigating a burglary from a Cridersville business on Monday, in which one man has been incarcerated at the Auglaize County Jail on a warrant for breaking and entering and theft.

Chainsaws valued at more than $10,000 were recovered to Steve Myers Service, Inc., 401 South Dixie Highway, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said, after the business was burglarized at 12:18 a.m. on Monday.

Responding officers secured the area after finding the side door to the business pried open. Additional units from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and K9 from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were on scene, but the subjects had fled.

Five male subjects were identified in surveillance video.

Drake said two males were discovered with the stolen chainsaws in a vehicle in Riverside after officers conducted a traffic stop at 1:30 a.m. Monday. The passenger was apprehended immediately, and the driver was located after he fled on foot.

The vehicle was impounded and officers conducted a search.

Drake said one male subject has been taken to the Auglaize County Jail for breaking and entering and theft, and the other male subject remains in Montgomery County Jail on a receiving stolen property charge.

Drake said he is continuing to work with Riverside Police Department on the investigation to locate the three remaining suspects. Names were not released.

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